John Patrick Harison was supposed to be teaching his 4-year-old student the art of self-defense. But the little girl couldn’t protect herself against Harison, her molester.
The co-owner of a Costa Mesa self-defense studio, who was an instructor there, was convicted Friday in Newport Beach of molesting the girl at his studio while instructing her in January, authorities said.
Harison, 62, of Anaheim, was sentenced to three years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender, according to a news release issued late Friday by the Orange County district attorney’s office. He pleaded guilty to one count of lewd acts on a child — a felony — with a sentencing enhancement for substantial sexual conduct on a child, the release said. It noted that Harison also has a pending child pornography case at the federal level through the U.S. Attorney’s Office.